Savage 745B receiver


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bonez
January 27, 2013, 08:06 PM
Picked up a Savage 745B (Browning A5 clone) in Seattle at a gun "buyback". Had a few cosmetic issues (scratches in the finish on the stock and receiver). Have the stock taken care of and have the rest of it disassembled, cleaned, and oiled up. The only thing left is the finish of the receiver (aluminum). Tried paint remover and the stripper won't touch it. Anyone know how they finished these receivers in the '40s?

Thinking of a soda/bead blast and powder coat. Thoughts?

TX!

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rcmodel
January 27, 2013, 08:26 PM
They were made 1940 - 1949.

Likely very few were made for civilian sales during WWII, so most likely it was made in 1946-49.

The finish is hard anodizing, and you will have to bead blast it to get it off.

rc

Gordon
January 27, 2013, 08:31 PM
I really really like these. You have to watch the friction pieces and springs are not worn and the forend cap is allways fully seated and tight and avoid "magnum" loads. Prolly not a good steel gun allthough I am currently using #7 Steel in 1oz field loads in the Modified barrel as we are steel mandated where I usually hunt.The deal is the aluminum reciever gets slammed pretty hard, allthough Franchi AL-48s seem to hold up fairly well, best to heed my advice.

bonez
January 27, 2013, 08:48 PM
Thanks Gents,

It has some nice walnut on it and the internals look great also. I downloaded dis-assembly instructions and spent a couple of hours learning about how to maintain it and its history. Looking forward to shooting it.

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